Electricity, Water and Utilities

Electricity, Water and Utilities

DEPOT TOUR: ETU TEAM ON THE ROAD FIGHTING TO SAVE REGIONAL JOBS

Peter Moss - Tuesday, August 06, 2019
ETU Secretary Justin Page and organiser Lawrie Duff are on the road visiting Essential Energy members in north-western NSW – including Quirindi, Coonabarabran, Gunnedah, Manilla and Barbara.

Seven ETU organisers are driving to all corners to meet with Essential members over the company’s plan to axe 682 jobs.

‘We’re talking about saving jobs wherever possible and protecting the interests of members and communities,’ said Justin.

‘Members are fuming at the incompetent and uncaring approach taken by management. The company has failed to communicate and failed to treat workers as human beings.

‘Essential Energy has also failed to consult as required under our EBA. CEO Cleland provided an inadequate response to just one of four letters from the ETU,’ said Justin.

The fight is far from over as the ETU pursues all options to minimise job losses.

‘We are developing genuine cost-saving alternatives to job cuts. We are building support for political action to save these regional jobs. We are providing ongoing support and information to workers,’ said Justin.

‘We will not let Essential management ride roughshod over our loyal regional members’